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Robert Wilson Clarke, 75, of Midland passed away on May 12, 2019.  He was born on March 22, 1944 to the late Woodrow Wilson and Helen Faye (Carter) Clarke. Robert married Jo Ridgway on August 12, 1967 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and they shared 52 loving years together. 

Robert honorably served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War. He attended University of Souix Falls SD, University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Central Michigan University. Robert had a double Master’s Degree in Sciences/Biology. He taught for thirty years in Coleman until his retirement in 1999. Robert loved to golf, play sudoku and crossword puzzles, was an active volunteer at the AARP taxaide program and Science Olympiad. Robert loved his dog Egwene, and cat Nynaeve very much.

Robert is survived by his brothers; Jim (Carol) Clarke, Steve (Shari) Clarke, brother in-laws; Jac Ridgway, Jon (Catherine) Ridgway, Jeff Ridgway, sister in-laws; Jan (Dan) Bates, Jill (Chris) Coelho, and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. 

Robert was predeceased by his sister in-law Judy (Duane) Coats.

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Friday May 17, 2019 at First Baptist Church Midland, 915 Sugnet. Friends may visit with the family at the church from 10 am until time of service.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider First Baptist Church Midland and the Humane Society of Midland.


Condolence Messages

  1. Arlie & Martha McMahan

    18 May 2019 2 years ago

    Jo, we thought about you today and the Memorial Service. Bob meant so much to us. We loved his humor and his deep love for his Lord. We would have been at FBC for the many memories of Bob today if we weren’t coming in a week. We will continue plans to stay with you but will be glad to make other plans–please tell us how it is best for you. We love you and Bob.

  2. Joe Bradley

    16 May 2019 2 years ago

    Jo– Please accept my condolences on the passing of Bob. Not sure if I’ll get to Bob’s services, but wanted to let you know that I always enjoyed our good-natured talks (usually at NE events, talking golf, etc. ). The highlighted interests and life achievements in his obit were very impressive. He was certainly a pleasant, first-class individual who’ll be missed. I’ll keep him in my prayers.

  3. Judy McCabe

    14 May 2019 2 years ago

    Thinking of you and sending prayers. Remember all the good times you had together. What a wonderful time – 52 years!!

  4. Jim Perkins

    14 May 2019 2 years ago

    Jo – I am sorry! Many memories come to mind….including our wonderful visit and fellowship a few years ago at the FBC Fellowship Class Reunion! This I know for sure, for the Bible tells me so, that we will see him again! May God’s peace cover you beyond measure and give you exceedingly great joy as you recall, reflect upon, and share the memories of these past 52+ years. To God be the glory for the great things He has done in and through Bob’s journey on earth. I can only imagine the reunions taking place!

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